The ‘stem cells’ discipline represents one of the most dynamic areas in biology and biomedicine. While adult marine/aquatic invertebrate stem cell (MISC) biology is of prime research and medical interest, studies on stem cells from organisms different from the classical models (e.g., human, mouse, zebrafish) have not been pursued vigorously.
Marine invertebrates as a whole portray the largest biodiversity and the widest phylogenetic radiation on Earth, from morphologically simple organisms (e.g., sponges, cnidarians), to the more complex molluscs, crustaceans, echinoderms and protochordates. Likewise, they illustrate a kaleidoscope of MISC-types that participate in the production of enormous novel bioactive-molecules, many of which are of significant potential interest for human health (antitumor, antimicrobial). MISC further participate in aging and regeneration phenomena, including whole-body regeneration, the knowledge of which can be clinical relevant.
Up to now, the European MISC-community is highly fragmented and very scarce ties were established with biomedical industries to harness MISC for human welfare.
Thus, this COST Action aims at:
- consolidating the fragmented European community working on MISC;
- promoting and coordinating European research on MISC-biology;
- stimulating young researchers to approach research on MISC-biology;
- developing, validating, training and networking of novel MISC tools and methodologies;
- establishing the MISC discipline in the front interest of biomedical disciplines;
- establishing collaborations with industries to exploit MISC as sources of bioactive molecules.
aquatic/marine invertebrates - adult stem cell - regeneration - cell cultures - bioactive molecules
|Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Grant Holder Scientific Representative
|Science Communication Coordinator
|Developing protocols for raising marine/aquatic invertebrate stem cells under in vitro conditions
|“omics” to characterize the MISC phenotypes
|Networking with stakeholders